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Case Title:

Managing Olympics 2004: The Run-up to the Games

Publication Year : 2004

Authors: Prashant .K, Ganesan S.

Industry: General Business

Region:Greece

Case Code: PPP0003

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available

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Abstract:
In August 2004, Athens was due to host the Olympics. But even in July 2004 when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Review Commission went for the final appraisal, there were still doubts as to whether Greece would be ready on time to host the Olympics. The stadiums were incomplete, transportation and accommodation problems hovered around, and security concerns had not been addressed to the full satisfaction of the organising committee. Questions were being raised as to whether the IOC should ever allot the games to smaller countries.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss the following areas:
  • The project management in large scale sports event like the Olympics
  • The planning that goes into the games and the flaws that accompany it and also the organisational issues involved
  • The infrastructure needed, the transportation required and the scale of accommodation that is to be provided while hosting such mega events
  • The role of the government and politics and their impact on such events
  • The economics of hosting such events and particularly the implications for smaller nations like Greece and
  • How IOC could avoid such occurrences in the future.

Keywords : The economics of the Olympics, Government and Business Environment Case Study, Infrastructure requirements to host the Olympics, Bidding for the Olympics, Problems of hosting the Olympics, Transportation problems in Athens, Accommodation problems in Athens, Environmental concerns over the Olympics, Security concerns over the Athens Olympics, Budget for the Olympic games, 2007 IOC (International Olympic Committee) technical evaluation criteria

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